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Freudian Passions: Psychoanalysis, Form and Literature

Campbell, Jan

ISBN 10: 1855756161 / ISBN 13: 9781855756168
Editorial: Karnac Books, 2013
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Título: Freudian Passions: Psychoanalysis, Form and ...

Editorial: Karnac Books

Año de publicación: 2013

Condición del libro:Like New

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'In Freudian Passions, a genuinely original piece of contemporary psychoanalytic writing, Campbell, as a clinician and writer herself, gives us, in William James's words, "something to be going on from", something that is all too rare in psychoanalytic writing. No-one has been able to mix personal reminiscence, psychoanalytic theory and practice, and readings of literary texts, in quite this way.' - From the Preface, by Adam Phillips'Psychoanalytic theory since Lacan has centred on the dynamics of desire and castration, as governed by the law of the father. Challenging this Lacanian orthodoxy, Jan Campbell shifts our attention to the passions, which connote passivity and receptivity in contrast to the active force associated with desire. "We suffer our passions," which can overwhelm us unless they are contained within a form. It is our pre-Oedipal intimacy with the mother, Campbell claims, that provides a "genre" with which to articulate the passions, a genre rooted in the rhythms and gestures of the body, prior to language and the symbolic order. Like a literary genre, the mother shapes her child's passions into communicable form without impeding their experimental energy. Campbell, who is both a literary scholar and a psychoanalyst, argues that mother and child "read" each other in a dialectic of immersion and separation that revives in the experience of reading literary works. In her inventive interpretations of George Eliot and Virginia Woolf, together with her skilful navigation of psychoanalytic theory, Campbell demonstrates how forms of literature hark back to those preverbal forms in which the nascent self learns how to hold its passions.'- Maud Ellmann, Berlin Professor of English, University of Chicago 'In Freudian Passions, Jan Campbell offers less a psychoanalytic theory of reading than the far more original, risky and adventurous project of reconceiving psychoanalysis as reading. In prose at once lyrical and precise, exuberant and controlled, Campbell not only describes but performs a practice of reading premised not on interpretive mastery, but on the telepathic relay between the excessive passions of the infant and the form-giving receptivity of the mother. What emerges is a seamless and exhilarating weave of the clinical and the theoretical, the literary and the personal. To those who insist psychoanalysis can't approach literature without reducing or trivializing it, this singular and fascinating book offers a timely riposte.' - Josh Cohen, Psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytical Society) and Professor of Modern Literary Theory, Goldsmiths University of London

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